Component Design & Evaluation Services
Office of Automotive Engineering

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Design and evaluation services on the full range of vehicle powertrain components and systems can be performed by staff at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Depending on client needs, we examine and report on simple to comprehensive component requirements.

image of examples of components that SwRI designs and evaluates

Examples of various vehicle components designed and evaluated by SwRI engineers

Vehicle Component Evaluation Areas

Some specific component testing areas include:

  • Kinematics
  • Stability
  • Structural integrity
  • Vibration
  • Noise
  • Modal analysis

Advantages of Vehicle Component Evaluation

Isolation of vehicle powertrain components allows for much more rigorous testing and performance evaluation for a particular piece of equipment. Component evaluation serves many client needs, such as:

  • Design improvement
  • Durability analysis
  • Failure analysis
  • Benchmarking parameters against competitive products
  • Virtual model development

Vehicle Powertrain Component Evaluation Facilities

Component development is approached holistically, with research and evaluation making use of readily available testing facilities and hardware, including:

  • Reconfigurable dynamometer stands
  • Full vehicle dynamometer
  • Full vehicle test track
  • On- and off-road testing

Related Terminology

vehicle CO2 and emissions simulation  •  vehicle carbon dioxide and emissions simulations  •  base electric vehicle simulation  •  bev simulation  •  plug-in electric vehicle simulation  •  phev simulation  •  range extending electric vehicle simulation  •  reev simulation  •  mico  •  mild  •  heavy-duty hybrid vehicle research  •  hardware specifications  •  software algorithms  •  hardware implementation  •  software implementation  •  laboratory validation  •  vehicle validation  •  initial requirement analysis  •  performance analysis  •  vehicle fuel economy  •  performance metrics  •  component durability  •  system capabilities  •  powertrain testing  •  dynamometer test stand  •  vehicle performance  •  vehicle emissions  •  environmental performance  •  design durability  •  test track performance  •  hybrid vehicle testing  •  emissions analysis  •  braking performance evaluation  •  tire performance evaluation  •  vehicle components  •  vehicle systems  •  kinematics  •  structural integrity  •  noise  •  vibration  •  modal analysis  •  performance evaluation  •  design improvements  •  durability analysis  •  benchmarking  •  virtual model development

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.